Employment Litigation

Our attorneys have significant experience successfully representing private and public employers in suits brought by employees alleging discrimination, wage and hour violations, and other employment claims.  Recent representative cases include the following:

  • Representation of King County in age, race, and disability discrimination suit brought by former employee of wastewater treatment division.  After a four-week trial in King County Superior Court, the jury unanimously found in favor of King County on all claims.  The jury's verdict was recently affirmed on appeal, Marin v. King County, No. 72666-8-I (Div. 1, June 6, 2016).  The plaintiff’s motion for discretionary review by the Washington Supreme Court is now pending.
  • Representation of a separate King County agency against claims of retaliation and disability discrimination, in a three-week trial in King County Superior Court.  The jury found in favor of King County on all claims.
  • Representation of Colaska, Inc., a subsidiary of Colas, Inc,. an international construction firm, in a case alleging violations of the FLSA and Alaska Wage and Hour Act by failing to pay overtime to a high-level project manager. The case was dismissed on summary judgment, plaintiff appealed to the Ninth Circuit, and a favorable settlement was reached.
  • Representation of King County Sheriff’s Office in sexual harassment, negligent supervision and retaliatory discharge claims brought by a police recruit who failed the training program.  Case was settled on favorable terms after the Court of Appeals, Division One granted discretionary review of trial court’s denial of motion for summary judgment.
  • Representation of Cell Therapeutics, Inc., a Seattle biotechnology company, in retaliatory termination claim arising out of a False Claims Act investigation. The court dismissed relator’s (plaintiff’s) retaliatory termination claims after the government’s investigation was concluded.
  • Representation of IDX Systems Corporation (a subsidiary of GE Healthcare) in a whistleblower retaliatory discharge claim under the False Claims Act. The case was litigated through the district court and Ninth Circuit. The published opinion regarding case can be found at Leon v. IDX Systems Corporation, Inc., 464 F.3d 951 (9th Cir. 2006).
  • Representation of health care executive in claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of employment agreement.  Case was resolved favorably for client.